So, depending on your age, you probably remember Olan Mills and the traditional, static family photos we all had to get.
Our parents dressed us in what they deemed the best outfits (no matter how uncomfortable), did our hair, repeatedly told us not to get messy, drove us to a studio space (which sometimes had an outdoor area). Where were told where to sit, smile at the camera and had to smile as long as possible.
Now, if your parents were creative, you may have gotten the "look up into the light" pose to prove your family was a family of thinkers or because your parents liked the floating head look, BUT family photography back in the day was not all that fun.
To me, this is the scenario I think of when it comes to "Traditional" family photos. Now, you may love that (most grandmas do) and want everyone to smile at the camera in every photo and THAT IS OK. If that's what makes your heart happy do it.
BUT, I am not your photographer.
Maybe I have some sort of trauma response, but static family photos bother me.
Do, I have the whole family look at the camera for a photo (usually for grandma or the Christmas card), yes I do.
BUT, we're usually yelling "dinosaur poop" or "dad farted" when we do this.
Why? Because in the end, we all want those genuine smiles from our children.
Laughter, giggles, all of it.
Then, I make them make fish faces, run, jump, dance, play. Whatever allows us to capture beautiful moments. That are true to your family.
That's what I love. Capturing those precious, genuine moments. So yes, I am a Lifestyle Family Photographer and I am proud of it.
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